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[ waves crashing ] [ gasps ] brrrr! [ giggles ] [ sea gull squawking ] good morning. politics and pizza. sarah palin brings her bus tour to new york city for dinner with donald trump. she made her most definitive statement yet about when she could announce a possible white house run. we are live with details. damaging to the defense. three riveting 911 calls played at casey anthony's murder trial, recordings that brought both anthony and her mother to tears. but do the tapes help the prosecution or the defense? and photo fallout. congressman anthony weiner lashes out at reporters for asking questions to a woman from his twitter account. >> do you want to ask a
question? this one interrupts me. >> he says he was hacked but many wonder why he's being so defensive. many wonder why he's being so defensive. today, wednesday, june 1, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television welcome to "today." i'm meredith vieira. >> good morning. i'm ann curry. lucky matt and al are on assignment in vatican city. >> matt had a rare audience with pope benedict xvi. i know you will tell us about that more later, but give us one sentence about what the experience was like, if you can. >> oh, my. it was very, very exciting, meredith. it followed an audience of 15,000, 20,000 people in st. peter's square. i walked up to greet the pope
along with archbishop timothy dolan of new york. it was very exciting. i'll tell you more about the gift we presented and the experience later on. >> it was so thrilling. it really was. >> al, where were you for all of this? >> i was back a couple of rows sitting with some nuns. it was great. we started singing. it was fantastic. >> meredith, you know how you always accuse me of acting holier than thou? get used to it now. >> oh, a warning. >> he has a little glow. >> exactly. >> a little glow. >> did the pope have on the red shoes, by the way, that he likes? >> he did. he had the red slippers on. it's a very moving thing. he went around the square in the pope mobile and was greeted by pilgrims from around the world who were extraordinarily excited. al was next to a group of pilgrims. >> that's right. when they called out that group that was behind us, they all
stood, these nuns, started sings. they had prepared a song. it was special. >> fantastic. matt, al, thank you so much. we'll check in with you in a bit. meanwhile back home, is it a prelude to a campaign or a public vacation? sarah palin is in new york where today she'll visit ellis island and the statue of liberty. but pizza was on the menu with donald trump last night. after that dinner, palin told reporters she could make an announcement about whether she'll run for president in a couple of weeks. more on that just ahead. >> also this morning, alarming news for anyone who owns a cell phone, meredith. after years of debate, they have now been placed on a list of items that could possibly cause cancer. how concerned should we be? we'll ask dr. nancy snyderman. >> first to the top stories of the morning. natalie morales is at the news desk. good morning. >> good morning, everyone. "endeavour" landed safely this morning, wrapping up its final mission of a nearly 20-year career.
as it returned to earth, nasa rolled out the shuttle "atlantis," set to launch on july 8th. after "endeavour's" 122 million miles in flight, shuttle commander mark kelly said, it's sad to see her land for the last time, but she really has a great legacy. a united nations nuclear safety team found that japan underestimated the risk of a tsunami on its nuclear plants. the team released a summary of its findings this morning criticizing japan's level of preparation for a nuclear disaster. the preliminary report, however, praised japan's response in the aftermath of the march 11 earthquake and tsunami. two f-16 fighter jets were scrambled to escort a united airlines plane back to dulles airport after a fight broke out on board sunday, officials say. the "washington post" reports the scuffle broke out when a passenger reclined his seat, upsetting the person behind him. nato will extend the mission
in libya for another 90 days. the statement took aim at leader moammar gadhafi saying nato will keep up pressure to protect the people of libya. and judges at the u.n. war crimes trial at the hague scheduled hearings for ratko mladic to face the genocide charges from the bosnian war. he spent his first night at the hague in isolation. now to wall street. mandy drury is at the stock exchange for us this morning. how is it looking? >> it's another big economic day. we got numbers on the economy. they suggest we are going through a soft patch, but the market rallied anyway. they were cheered for efforts in europe to contain the greek debt crisis. there is one positive side effect of the softer economy. that's lower gasoline prices. aaa says the average gallon of gas has now dropped by 20 cents from a month ago.
that's good news for drivers. the only question is whether it stays that way or even goes lower. back to you. >> we can hope so. mandy drury at the new york stock exchange, thank you. the miami heat got fired up, burning the dallas mavericks and winning game one of the nba finals. lebron, or kingring 24 points, taking the heat to a 92-84 victory. by the way, the pucks drop here tonight for the game one of the nhl stanley cup finals between boston and vancouver. that's at 8 p.m. eastern time on nbc. a little programming note for you. 7:06. let's turn it back over to meredith and ann. >> we'll get a check of the weather with maria who's in for al while he's on assignment at the vatican. good morning. >> we're talking about severe weather. severe storms and severe heat. let's talk about the severe storms first, rocking the northeast as we get into the afternoon and evening hours from maine down through new york city. d.c., gusty winds in excess of
60 miles an hour and potentially hail as well. we have the heat fueling the showers and thunderstorms. record highs potential from d.c. down into birmingham over into dallas, although looks like one more day for new york city and into d.c. windy conditions across the great lakes and maybe some unsettled weather in the northwest, including there is the potential for hail, heavy downpours, even tornadic rotation. we'll keep you updated all morning long. right now everything looks pretty good but the front is on the way. ann, back to you. >> maria, thanks. now to politics. sarah palin's bus tour has arrived in the big apple. last night she dined over pizza
with donald trump who opted not to launch a white house bid. what was that all about? nbc's mike taibbi joins us now with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning ann. it's hard to ever know what sarah palin is up to. that goes for her husband, todd, as well. he was seen getting into an airport taxi outside a jersey city hotel. i don't know what that means for the one nation bus tour, slash, vacation. sarah palin has never been a conventional politician. she says if she makes a white house run she won't do it the conventional way. stop one on the new york leg of the tour -- pizza dinner with the donald, donald trump, whose birther suspicions about president obama he voiced to meredith on "today." >> i'm starting to think he wasn't born here. >> reporter: and who, while his own poll numbers were about to plummet, found at least one prominent politician to support him. >> i do have respect for donald trump, for his candidness. >> reporter: all of which set the table for a public piece of
pizza together though no one seemed that interested in eating. perhaps there was talk about annoying reporters with questions. a press corps largely ignored by palin as she pursued the tour. >> that's the way we live. we're not used to calling up a hoard of reporters saying follow us. >> reporter: from washington and a grand entrance on a harley to gettysburg and the liberty bell tuesday, palin has attracted crowds and kept the press off balance, never announcing a schedule, so reporters were left to follow by convoy or by air. to the only question that matters -- is she running -- she gave several versions of maybe. >> we think it is still many weeks away before that decision. a lot of shuffling around. >> reporter: her favorable/unfavorable poll numbers don't add up to a win but it's too early for polls to matter. this time last cycle it was surely going to be hillary versus rudy.
while political pros say palin will go from contender to pretender sooner than later roger simon sees it differently. >> i don't think the bus tour is about building her brand or increasing viewership for a tv show. i think she's seriously testing the waters for a bid. >> reporter: back to the unsecret dinner with the donald. palin emerged to not quite answer that question one more time. >> when do you think you're going to make your decision? >> not for many weeks still. i think that there is really a lot of time. >> reporter: palin confirmed her agenda today will start with ellis island and lady liberty. after that probably boston and new hampshire, but she hasn't said specifically, at least not to us. ann? >> mike taibbi, thanks. msnbc political analyst michael steele is the former chairman of the republican national committee. michael, good morning. >> good morning.
>> she's calling it her one nation tour. if sarah palin is not run, what is she doing, michael? >> i think mike had it right. i think she's out there testing the water. i think she's experimenting with the limits to which she can take an unconventional presidential bid should she decide to do that. that's been her m.o. she certainly has the ability still to draw large crowds and really put the press in sort of atwitter, if you will. that's all part of the unfolding story of sarah palin over the summer. the one thing on her side now is time. i think in a very unconventional way she can approach at least the early stages of a presidential bid in an unconventional manner. time is on her side. she knows she can draw the crowds. she can get the press to write the story, favorably or unfavorably. doesn't matter to her as long as the story is there and that's part of the narrative.
>> part of the narrative this morning is pizza night with donald trump. i'm wondering how much does a trump endorsement mean to republicans at this point? >> broadly speaking, i don't think it has that kind of impact than let's say a president bush endorsement would have obviously. i think in terms of donald trump, a lot of the establishment in washington, d.c., see the effort as a sideshow. but out there among grassroots activists there was a concerted effort to get behind him and his effort. there will be those who pay some attention to who he supports or who he tips his hat to. clearly the dinner with sarah palin caused a lot of excitement and a lot of interest in that possibility with respect to her potential candidacy, but it's not as strong as it would have been had he stayed more in the campaign and had issues that really drove the debate.
>> at the same time, palin seems to delight in having a bad relationship with what she calls the lame-stream media. she's angering some republicans as well by not notifying them ahead of time. the lack of information is irking gop leaders in the states palin is expected to visit. could not playing well with her team backfire for sarah palin? >> not really. sarah palin is not about notifying the head of the party or a political leader in a given state about her whereabouts. she has her twitter network, facebook network, the social connection to the grassroots out there. she tells them when she's coming and they show up. >> you say she doesn't need the party as she moves ahead? doesn't she want to be on good relations with the republican party? >> that's not what i'm saying. i'm saying if you're going the run an unconventional campaign,
you're not going to go through the check box of notifying so and so of plans and get the okay. those leaders will get the information when she wants them to know it. i understand a party chairman being offput by not getting a heads-up, but that's how sarah palin has operated from the very beginning. she's not an establishment creature, not conforming to the ways you traditionally do it. her connection is directly to her base, to those activists out there who support her, not necessarily the leadership. it doesn't mean she doesn't or does need them. for her, the most important part of it is the people not the leadership. >> michael steele this morning, thank you so much for your good perspective on this. >> you got it. >> it's 7:14. here's meredith. >> ann, thank you. there is new fallout about a lewd picture from anthony weiner's twitter account. he claims he was the victim of a hacker, a point he tried to drive home on tuesday. luke russert is on capitol hill this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning.
congressman anthony weiner may have been a victim of the pitfalls of social media. washington is buzzing about whether or not he sent a lewd photograph to a young woman knowingly. the normally blunt weiner shied away from even the most basic of questions. this is the picture sent to a 21-year-old female college student in seattle from anthony wiener's twitter account. an anonymous man wearing briefs. the congressman said his account was hacked and he's the victim of a prank. >> this was a prank i have been talking about now for a couple of days. i'm not going to allow it to decide what i talk about for the next week or two. the objective of the person who is doing the mischief is to try to distract me from what i'm doing. i have made a decision. i'm not going to let it happen today. >> reporter: weiner's refusal to answer basic questions about the incident raised eyebrows on capitol hill. >> did you send it or not?
>> if i were giving a speech to 45,000 people and someone in the back threw a pie or yelled an insult, i would not spend the next two hours of the speech responding to that pie or that insult. >> reporter: some are also questioning why weiner didn't ask police to investigate the matter. his answer was the same. >> can you say why you haven't asked law enforcement to investigate what you are alleging is a crime? >> you know, dana, if i was giving a speech to 45,000 people and someone in the back of the room threw a pie or yelled out an insult, would i spend the next two hours responding to that? no. >> reporter: the woman who received the picture has denied any inappropriate relationship saying, i have never met congressman weiner, though i am a fan. i have never been to new york or to d.c. there have never been any inappropriate exchanges between
anthony weiner and myself. reporters wanted to know why the congressman was following a college student on his twitter account to begin with. >> did you follow her, how did you find her? what was the reason? >> i have said this a couple of ways and i will say it again. i am not going to permit myself to be distracted by this issue any longer. >> reporter: the questions clearly irritated him. >> i have to ask that we follow some rules here. >> i would love an answer. >> that's rude. you do the questions, i do the v interrupts me. how's that for a rule of the game? >> reporter: congressman weiner hired a lawyer for what he tells us, quote, will advise on the appropriate next steps. weiner has not been charged with a criminal act and he's not under investigation, but this is getting capitol hill quite abuzz. cliff stearns, a florida republican, says the incident shows hacking is a serious problem and as chairman it would be appropriate for the oversight
and investigative subcommittee to assure the issue of national security to protect our privacy and ensure our national security. we'll see if it happens, meredith. >> thank you very much. 7:17. here's ann. >> meredith, thanks. the criminal trial of silvio berlusconi has now resumed. he's accused of having sex with an underaged prostitute and lying to cover it up. now there are signs the case is costing him his grip on power. nbc's michelle kosinski is in milan with details on the story. good morning. >> reporter: blame it on the bunga-bunga. silvio berlusconi's attorney is. italy is calling this a stunning defeat, that his political party just lost these major elections even in his hometown. one of his lawyers said it wasn't because of policy or the economy, but because of the 74-year-old's partying lifestyle that landed him on trial could topple his government. many here are saying it's about time.
silvio berlusconi and his eternal grin has hardly let his many travel times of late get him down. at the g-8 summit he complained to president obama that leftist judges are out to get him. back home, at this youth event he says, i'm getting the desire to invite you to a bunga-bunga party. he's talking about the wild parties he's accused of throwing in the disco in his basement, the one investigators have called orgies. one of the dozens of young women prosecutors say he paid for sex, which he denies, they say was underage. ruby is her stage name. the belly dancing teen runaway also denies doing anything untoward for the gifts and cash she admits silvio berlusconi lavished upon her. he's accused of lying to police to cover up their relationship. since then she's become so
famous she charges $25,000 to show up at club openings, has written to woody allen hoping to be his next muse. even silvio berlusconi's dental hygienist turned dancer turned politician accused of recruiting women for him is on the cover of italian "gq." >> he's a self-made man. it is a dream mr. berlusconi made possibly for a lot of people. >> reporter: but, oh, the backlash. some ad companies are going after companies that objectify women which some say berlusconi started here with his tv channels featuring lots of dancing girls and daring ads. >> it's very embarrassing. >> reporter: you'd think scantily clad women come with cell phones in italy.
these naked women advertise pet food. >> it means more or less when his too much is really too much. well, now it is really, really, really too much. >> reporter: for a long time silvio berlusconi has been seen as sexualizing women, but at the same time he's an idol to both men and women. now more people are making a statement with votes that they have had enough. ann? >> michelle kosinski, thank you so much. i think we have as well. just ahead, an emotional day at casey anthony's murder trial as the jury listens to 911 calls vital to the case. why did the defense focus on the one voice you do not hear on the tapes? we'll explain, but first, this is "today" on nbc. [ coach ] in albuquerque, citi pre-approved my mortgage.
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it's about an hour away right now. you ee the yellow embedded and that flash of purple. that's an indication of hail. we have the potential for strong storms to develop within this lien of showers so it's something we'll definitely be watching all morning long and even this afternoon after the front comes through we're still under the gun for some thunderstorms to pop up. you see a really strong cell just to the south of napa. that's on the way to napa in about 15 minutes. that's a thunderstorm. your futurecast shows you by 4:00 p.m. we'll get a good deal of clearing across the bay area, but still enough moisture and heat left over for more of those thunderstorms. jeff ranieri and myself will watch them all day long. 63 your forecasted high in fremont, 63 in santa cruz. that's it for today, even cooler tomorrow with a little more rain on the way. a stronger round moves in friday into saturday. we'll get a little bit of a break for your thursday. after that, though, really ramps up. back to you, mike.
>> sounds like no break for you today. we're looking over to the south bay where folks are wheeling along northbound 101, a little slow as well as 280 typical spots for slowing and actually a lighter volume than yesterday. some folks may be taking this week off. slow drives westbound for the altamont pass over to livermore as well. 27 minutes showing up. really pleasanton border right around the dublin bart station some slowing. a live look shows you 880 past the coliseum. the earlier closure has completely cleared and bay bridge toll plaza, we'll end with that shot. thank you for joining us this morning. "today" show coming up next. i'll have another local news update in half an hour.
7:30 on this wednesday morning, 1st day of june, 2011. a warm morning in midtown manhattan with a sea of smiling faces lining the plaza. inside studio 1a i'm meredith vieira alongside ann curry. just ahead we'll check in with matt and al at the vatican ahead of our special show tomorrow on "today." >> it's exciting to see them there. also, compelling details from the casey anthony trial. there were plenty of tears and drama as the court listened to 911 calls placed by anthony's own mother. plus, do cell phones cause
cancer? it's a question that's long been debateded. now one of the leading health groups said using them could possibly increase the risk. first let's say hello to matt and al at the vatican overlooking st. peter's square. you have had a busy and exciting morning. >> it's been extraordinary. we got in early this morning rome time. we arrived around 7:30 or 8:00 in the morning and rushed over to the hotel for a quick shower before heading to the vatican for the audience with the pope. 15,000 or 20,000 people here. and then a private moment with the pope and archbishop timothy dolan. >> i didn't realize the pope gives a benediction in eight different languages and is pretty fluent in all of them. every group he mentioned would
cheer, stand up and sing a song. it was special. >> at times it felt like a pep rally when they would talk about a group from portugal those people would cheer. other times it was solemn and spiritual. he mentioned even groups of nuns and priests from around the world and they would stand up and sing for pope benedict xvi. tomorrow an extraordinary broadcast. e we eel show you a day in the life of the pope. incredible footage of him in his private residence, touring the gardens, taking his meals, footage few fu people have had a chance to see. and we'll talk about the state of the catholic church in 2011 and some of the major issues that confront the church at this time. >> anne thompson will be looking at the age of the church and social media. we'll show you the secret archives at the vatican that go back centuries. and i will get to talk with the
swiss guard. i don't think i can put on the uniform, but it's a special, elite force that guards the pope. >> by the way, highly trained. during the audience with the pope it was about 85 degrees here in st. peter's square. members of the swiss guard stood at attention, the staff they carry, for an hour and 35 minutes, never flinching a muscle. we were dying. and they were making it worse. we have a great show in store for you tomorrow morning on "today." back to you guys in new york. >> matt, before i let you go, can you tell us what the gift was or do we have to wait even longer for that? >> i can tell you what it was. we heard this pope has a love for cats. so what was in the box was a beautiful crystal cat that, who knows, could be on his table. he seemed to accept it and like
it. we wanted to offer a gift to show our appreciation for the time and attention he showed us. >> thank you, guys. >> good for you guys. >> now on a different note, here at home the murder trial of casey anthony enters its seventh day. this after an explosive day of testimony from anthony's mother. kerry sanders is in orlando with the latest. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. for ten minutes and seven seconds jurors listened to three gut wrenching, riveting 911 calls. all the calls made on july 15, 2008 by cindy anthony. the calls may be among the most powerful evidence that the prosecution has to prove its allegation that casey murdered her own daughter. >> my grand daughter has been taken. she's been missing for a month. >> reporter: cindy anthony listened to her own haunting
words. the 911 recording made the day she said she first learneded her granddaughter had been missing 31 days. >> we're talking about a 3-year-old little girl. hope spring, orlando. my daughter finally admitted that the babysitter stole her. i need to find her. >> your daughter admitted the baby is where? >> the babysitter took her. my daughter's been looking for her. i told you my daughter was missing for a month. i just found her today but i can't find my granddaughter. she admitted she's been trying to find her herself. there's something wrong. i found my daughter's car today and it smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car. >> what's your granddaughter's name? >> caylee anthony. >> reporter: cindy anthony has long maintained her daughter was innocent listened as every word
spilled from the recording. >> how long has she been missing for? >> i haven't seen her since the 7th of june. >> reporter: casey cried. cindy told the operator casey spent the last month looking for caylee on her own. she had not called police or anyone else. >> caylee is missing. >> reporter: casey's father george was in the room. the defense claims he already knew caylee was dead, a drowning victim in the family pool, a claim he denies. cindy said casey claims a nanny named zanny had taken caylee. >> casey said zanny took her a month ago. she was missing for a month. >> i understand. can you calm down for a minute. i need to know what's going on. is your daughter there? >> i'm on the phone with them.
the s your daughter there? >> yes. >> >> reporter: cindy handed the phone to her daughter casey. >> hello? >> hello. >> yes. >> hi. can you tell me what's going on a little bit? >> i'm sorry? >> can you tell me what's going on? >> my daughter's been missing for the last 31 days. >> you know who has her? >> i know who has her. i tried to contact her. i received a phone call today from a number that is no longer in service. i did get to speak to my daughter for about a moment, about a minute. >> reporter: after prosecutors played all three 911 calls, cindy raised her read and asked for a break. >> can i have a break, sir? >> reporter: cindy left the courtroom supported by her attorney. casey never once glanced at her mother. when cindy returned -- >> casey? >> mom. >> hey, sweetie. >> reporter: prosecutors played casey's first phone call from jail. it, too, was recorded. >> you don't know what my
involvement is and stuff? >> casey -- >> mom. >> what? >> no. >> no, i don't know what your involvement is, sweetheart. you're not telling me where she's at. >> because i don't [ bleep ] know where she's at. are you kidding me? >> reporter: the jury is sat transfixed looking at monitors, writing the words typed along as audio played. some of them winced. not one lookeded across the courtroom at casey seated at the defense table. the defense replayed portions of the 911 call to demonstrate that george anthony's voice was never heard. of course their allegation or defense here is that george anthony was part of a cover-up. meredith? >> kerry sanders, thank you very much. linda boddin worked on casey's defense team for almost two years. she's here along with savannah guthrie, "today's" legal correspondent.
it was an emotional day in court. in terms of swaying the jury, how important are the 911 calls to the prosecution and the defense? >> for yesterday when you're the defense you suck it in, suck it up and say, oh, my god. however, when the jury starts to listen they will say, how did this advance the case? did it tell us whether there was an intentional homicide or was it an accident? as a matter of fact, if you look at cindy anthony's reaction to possibly leaving the pool ladder and it not being up or down or wherever it was, one can argue maybe she's having that reaction from guilt. maybe she understands what's going on and it's what the defense contends or maybe she's grief-stricken. >> if you look at the reactions of the women to 911 tapes, cindy seems so distraught listening to them. casey, far less emotional, to say the least. i thought it was interesting. kerry said the jurors never looked at casey which was interesting to me.
the difference in their demeanor, how might it affect the jurors? >> the jurors weren't looking at the witnesses in court. the difference in demeanor is powerful. the demeanor on the tape. you hear cindy anthony in a panic. she's distraught. casey anthony gets on the phone and it's totally flat. she's not charged with failure to show emotion, but this is a piece of the puzzle. the other substantive thing that comes out of the calls is cindy anthony on tape saying it smells like a dead body in that car corroborating the testimony of two witnesses who have testified saying the smell of human decomposition was distinct and unmistakable. >> how does the defense explain that? >> they go back to cindy saying she was making it up and she relied on what george said. if the contention is correct that george also knew the child was dead he would be saying that
to cindy for a reason. the defense is looking for the lack of evidence. talk about casey's demeanor. they are looking at the he didn't act right evidence dealing with the grandfather. >> this is the first time the jurors heard casey talking. she said, nobody is on my side. all they care about is finding caylee. >> then she said, that's all i'm interested in, too. but it's the she didn't act right evidence that's the problem in the case. it doesn't tell you whether the child died intentionally or accidentally. >> what can we expect in the coming days? sp. >> we'll hear more statements from casey. i agree with both of you that what we heard in the courtroom yesterday was the jurors first chance to hear casey at an extended period. it comes across terribly. she sounds calloused, angry. to the extent the jurors are trying to determine if this is a woman capable of killing her own
daughter, it's a piece of the puzzle. we have a lot of testimony to go. we haven't heard from one law enforcement witness yet. this is the early going. >> thank you. now a check of the weather from maria larosa in for al this morning. good morning. it's june 1, the kick-off to hurricane season. we are forecasting an active one. look at some of the names you may become familiar with. arlene to whitney. and there is a maria on the list. we are watching something kind of interesting on the southeast coast. not expected for further development but it is june 1, the kick-off to the tropical season. across the country will be severe weather along the 95 corridor. windy in the great lakes. cool across the northwest. well, it might look kind of
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back now at 7:45. do cell phones cause cancer? that question has been asked for decades now, and the latest answer from the world health organization is, quote, possibly. dr. nancy snyderman is nbc's chief medical editor. >> hi, ann. >> possibly. what does the world health organization mean by that? >> they put a stamp on let's get more evidence. 31 doctors from 14 countries said, we have looked at everything and there is no study that shows a link between cell phones and the brain tumors that kill. there was a study where they took people with brain tumors and said, okay, tell us how much you used your cell phone. not a great study. everybody recognizes the flaws, but it's the one thing people go, oh, well, maybe, possibly,
perhaps. all these terms have been thrown out. the looming question is conventional wisdom would say, if you put a trans mitter next to hur heayour head, can it hur. some people say, well, it can't be good for you so it must be bad. there is no evidence that cell phones cause cancer. so they said, okay, let's kick the can forward, gather data and put it to rest. >> however the cell phone industry group called ctia issued a statement saying, quote, this classification does not mean cell phones cause cancer and noted that the same score has been given to pickled vegetables and coffee. >> the category where they put cell phones has talcum powder, pickled vegetables. so i think it's prudent to recognize that 5 billion people use cell phones. we have seen a huge explosion in
the technology but no increase in the tumors. there is no correlation yet. the counter argument will be, maybe we have to wait 20, 30 years. well, perhaps. i want to underscore again there is no cause and effect. i have heard a lot of media organizations over the last 24 hours say there is a new study out. this is almost a call to action to keep gathering data. >> it's a review of studies, not new research. meantime, there's been a scientific consensus that children's brains are more susceptible to radiation because, as their skulls are thinner, nervous systems are still developing, what should -- what's the takeaway? should we limit use? what's your bottom line? >> kids' brains, bodies, every part of them grows fast. that's why we are always more worried about their environmental links to anything. just because they are using cell phones which is a microwave
technology doesn't mean they are more at risk. we'll have to follow them further out. but for people, if you are scared, and there is no cause and effect yet, but if you're scared get it away from your head. but frankly, more people die using cell phones while texting and talking while driving than anything else right now. that's the take-home, i think that supercedes everything else. >> all right. thank you so much. dr. nancy snyderman. still ahead this morning the hidden fees you could be hit with when you try to cash in your airline reward points. first, these messages. [ male announcer ] you sprayed them. thought they were dead. [ laughter ] [ grunting ] huh? [ male announcer ] should've used roundup. america's number one weed killer. it kills weeds to the root, so they don't come back. guaranteed. weeds won't play dead, they'll stay dead.
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good morning to you. 7:56 right now. i'm laura garcia-cannon. a big storm system is heading our way. we want to check in with meteorologist christina loren, she's tracking it for us. >> yeah, good morning to you. we are tracking a pretty well-organized line of showers and storms this morning. you can actually see the leading edge of that front right here from our san bruno cam. let's take you right to the doppler radar. it looks like it's going to arrive in san francisco just about 45 minutes from now. 9:00 a.m. in berkeley and that means the relatively calm conditions that we have out there right now will suddenly change, so you want to be ready for this line of showers as it approaches the coast very rapidly this morning. we're also watching some pretty strong cells much onshore in marin county. we've got a pretty strong line of showers and storms pushing in
there. as we head throughout the day today, the storm system will move through quickly. by 4:00 p.m., mostly dry. still, though, enough moisture, enough heat around for the potential of some pop-up thunderstorms. with those thunderstorms already this morning we've recorded dime-sized hail and we're looking towards more of that activity as we head towards this afternoon. a really unstable air mass pushing in right now and it's cool as well. 60 degrees, that's it for you today in oakland. 57 in san francisco. more rain on the way for the first part of tomorrow, but i think tomorrow looks relatively dry considering we've got a substantial round in the forecast friday into saturday. pretty good amount of clearing sunday. more rain on the way monday into tuesday. so this relentless pattern i can imagine is starting to halt your commute. let's check on that with mike. we're showing the area where you showed hail a little earlier, dime-sized hail, highway 37 was getting hit around mariners island and coming across the carquinez bring. some slowing heading down towards richmond. we do have a big slowdown right
now southbound 680 -- there was a second accident around the walnut creek interchange. so slow all directions at that interchange with 24. overall the volume relatively light through the maze. that might be what's keeping things moving smoothly. the live look at the toll plaza shows you there's water on the roadway from earlier rain that traveled through the area. getting a little break from the traffic and the rain but we'll watch it as we saw that storm coming through the area, hitting the peninsula, the north bay as well as portions of the east bay as you come off the carquinez bridge. back to you, laura. we are keeping our eye on that storm this morning. we'll have another local news update in half an hour. the "today" show returns in less than a minute.
8:00 now on this wednesday morning, june 1, 2011. if these folks come back tomorrow on "today" they will be treated to a special concert from this year's "american idol," 17-year-old scotty mcreery along with runner-up lauren alaina. >> it's going to be fun to have them. >> matt and al are on assignment at the vatican. >> they are. >> they met the pope today. quite something. >> snooki and matt lauer and al
roker all in italy today. i don't know if italy will survive. also we mentioned a great concert coming up. we have another one on friday. this week we'll have a two-fer. on friday we have two of the biggest boy bands of all time on our stage. we are talking about new kids on the block and also backstreet boys. >> that's fun. meanwhile, are you a parent dreading your kids' summer vacation? are any of you dreading it? then you feel guilty about it. how do you keep kids occupied and keep your sanity at the same time without putting them in a cage? we'll give you some ideas. >> first, a check of the morning's top stories. we have notal natalie at the ne desk. >> good morning. the "endeavour" is headed for retirement after the final landing in florida. it will go on permanent display at the california science
center. "atlantis" is scheduled for the final launch of the shuttle program next month. house republicans are meeting with president obama a day after voting down a bill to raise the national debt limit by another $2.4 trillion because it did not contain any spending cuts. pakistan's prime minister named an independent panel to investigate the u.s. raid last month that killed osama bin laden. pakistan was embarrassed by bin laden's presence in their country and by the americans' ability to carry out the raid without detection. a pharmacist in oklahoma is facing life in prison following a deadly shooting. mark potter has more from oklahoma city. mark, good morning. >> good morning, natalie. behind me is the pharmacy where the shooting took place. the question is was it self-defense or self-defense that went too far? the official verdict is in but it's controversial.
>> the defendant is guilty of the crime of murder in the first-degree. >> reporter: from the verdict it was clear the jury didn't buy jerome's claim he acted solely in self-defense and recommended a harsh set. >> punishment is imprisonment for life. >> reporter: the pharmacist was found guilty of murdering 16-year-old antoine parker during a botcheded robbery in 2009. the incident caught on security cameras. authorities say the video shows 16-year-old parker and a 14-year-old accomplice entering the drugstore wearing masks. the 14 yeerl points a gun at two female employees who run to the back of the store. prosecutors say the pharmacist then fires his own weapon, shooting parker in the head. the other teen with the gun flees the store and the pharmacist chases him outside. when he returns, he walks over parker who was unconscious on the floor, goes to the back of the pharmacy to get a second gun then returns to fire five more
shots into parker's body out of camera view. the prosecution called it an execution. but at trial the pharmacist's lawyer claimed parker was moving on the floor and was still a threat. >> defendant, please rise. >> reporter: when the guilty verdict was read, it brought hugs and cheers from parker's family. the defendant's reporters were angry. websites expressed outrage at the verdict. outside the drugstore, supporters are signing petitions, condemning the verdict. supporters say they will ask parole officers and the governor to pardonen him or commute the sentence which will be reviewed by a judge. >> the f.a.a. announced a crackdown including fines up to $11,000 against people who aim laser pointers at the cockpits of airplanes which can temporarily blind pilots who
reported more than 2,800 such incidents last year. a flight of fancy is closer to reality after this successful weekend test of the world's highest flying jet pack. it carries a life-sized dummy on a ten-minute ride over new zealand before using an emergency parachute to land. the maker says his $100,000 invention can be used by the military, search teams and wealthy dare devils. it's 8:05 now. back outside to maria larosa in for al with a check of the weather. good morning. >> good morning. we have a lot of grads here. it's a summer crowd. we have the wonderful high school grads from battle creek, michigan. rough news back home, right? >> yeah. as we left to go to new york our city was hit by a devastating storm knocking all the power out in the city. we just want to let everybody know in battle creek that we are keeping them in our prayers and hope everything is all right
back there. >> as do we. thank you so much for spending time in new york city. by the way, we are looking at weather in indianapolis, our pick city today. good morning to you. still watching this front rapidly approachling the coast already pushing inland now in the north bay. we've got showers from santa ro ro rosa through novato. also we've had thunderstorms rolling across the bay area all morning long. take a look at this one rolling in in the next 30 minutes. we've got an active weather pattern. that's when the front is expected to arrive in san francisco. ann, back to you. >> thank you very much. coming up, what do you do if you are secretly dreading the fact that your children are going to have their summer vacation co wemi'l we'll get to details on that right after this. nestle drumsticks, angus steak burgers, johnsonville brat patties, and oven mitts.
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back at 8:09. this morning on "today's family" the arrival of summer. it's the time of year kids count down to and many parents secretly dread. how do you keep your kids occupied and your misanity inta? here's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: no more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks. now what are you going to do? for the parents of kids like 5-year-old perry it's a challenge. >> i would say slightly dread. it's hard to keep him occupied for the 12 or 13 weeks of summer vacation, especially if you're a working parent like i am. >> reporter: with more than 60 million students ramping up for summer vacation it's a struggle just to juggle. >> i would say find the rhythm to your summer. every family is different. take a look at what time you have as a parent. that's important. that will carry over to your
child. >> reporter: what's happened to the days when the kids stayed home, mom made lemonade and everybody hung out? >> those days are gone. >> reporter: here at chicago's fun club the kids are engaged in good old-fashioned play, but it won't happen unless you find the right program and register early. what do you think you should be looking for as a parent in an activity? >> i think you should be looking for things that will keep your children's minds focused on education, exercise, staying physically fit. >> reporter: experts suggest parents shop around for affordable, sometimes even free summer activities. consider planning one or two experiences your child hasn't had before. but don't overbook your child. it is summer, after all. >> they also get into a mode of getting overly anxious about what they are going to do for summer and they sign them up and can overbook kids. >> reporter: there is another group of experts you could
consult. what's your favorite summer activity? >> riding bikes. >> reporter: what do you want to do this summer? >> go in the swimming pool. >> reporter: what do you want to do this summer? >> hip-hop. >> reporter: what do you want to do? >> swim. >> reporter: no matter what you end up doing -- >> what's the most important thing she does in the summer? >> have fun. >> reporter: as for me, i just want to have fun, too. >> my grandma's swimming pool is open. >> reporter: what's her address? i would like to come over there. for "today" -- do you think she'd let me? >> no. >> reporter: kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. >> how can you survive summer without tearing out your hair? mr. meg meager is the author of ten habits of happy mothers. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> a lot of moms and dads really dread the summer. >> yes, they do.
>> i think as moms we tend to overworry about kids anyway. we want to make sure summer is fun and they do great things. we put too much pressure on ourselves. >> how do we leaalleviate that? >> there is pressure that extends into summer. one way is to balance expectations which means yours and those of your child. listen to them, create a dialogue and figure out a plan you can adhere to. >> the plan varies around the age of the child. you say, embrace boredom. >> i think our kids -- we are used to overscheduling kids. it's rooted in the sense that i need to make sure my kids are happy all the time. i think it's healthy for kids to learn how to deal with boredom. the truth is you grow up, get out in life and half the time you're bored. we need to learn what to do with boredom. summer is a great time to learn it. >> use that time for creativity. i advocate tech-free tuesday
where you turn off anything with a switch so your kids have time to talk to you, play hopscotch. >> there are the various programs and camps but a lot of people can't afford that stuff. >> right. if you can't, there are a lot of y camps around, but try to co-op with girlfriends. if you work part-time and another girlfriend works part-time, come up with a system to help each other out. there are many creative things you can do to get around it. you have to look hard and wide sometimes to find affordable places for kids. usually you can do it and i will tell you, even if it means sacrificing a bit and spending more money, what you often have to do, some of my patients have to do it's worth it to get kids in a safe environment where they are having fun. >> something that's free is reading. when kids read ten books a summer -- >> ten? janet. >> let them pick it out. when they go back to kids,
especially kids from lower socio-economic groups they go back prepared and ready. that's a free fun event. >> i'm dealing with the other age group. i have two in college, one about to go to college. they come home and they're used to living their own life. it's hard to reimpose structure when you have kids that age, teenagers and beyond. >> you still have to. it's still your home. we are dealing with it, too. adult kids who come back and kind of wonder when dinner is. i said to the kids, this is still our home. i want you to know that i don't sleep until you are in your bed. if you want to be kind to your mother, be sure you are in bed before you're 1:00 or 2:00 because i need sleep. >> and it doesn't mean rules have to go away. teens especially the 12, 14, 15-year-olds need to know you are still reinforcing rules. it is an opportunity to talk about what they can do with free time and let them know you will always be watching them. >> it's not just about the kids'
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this morning on today's travel the secret cost of cashing in airline award miles. many want you to pay taxes and fee. now some are tacking on fuel surcharges as well. good morning. >> good morning. >> we didn't coordinate our outfits today, but it looks like we did. fuel surcharges. this is new. >> this is something we are seeing a lot more of, especially when traveling internationally. so basically the airlines are getting -- really a difficult time paying their fuel bills and they are passing it on. what's amazing about surcharges is a recent report forecasts that in 2011 the airlines could
make $22.6 billion on surcharges. that's up $10 billion from two years ago. that means surcharges are big business for airlines. >> we're thinking they are adding the surcharge because fuel prices are up. you're saying they are making money on these fuel surcharges. >> they are in the business of making money. british airways or air canada or luftshansa, when you book on the site you see the original base fair and the surcharge amounts. >> we're going for that example because that would make it more simple to understand. you tried booking a flight on british airways online and the flight was $523. then there were fees on top of that that doubled the fair. >> they did. the government charges and taxes that there is nothing the airline can do about. but the fuel and insurance is
$362. the reason it's broken out is that -- i think, and this is my theory, that the airline feels there is a sticker shock aspect to putting a huge number in front of you. the european airlines and international airlines decided this is their tact. they have higher fuel costs. we see it at the pump. they are looking for goodwill saying if you see it at the pump, we're seeing it, too. spring for it. >> you're talking about international airlines. let's talk about domestic airlines. you talked about booking a flight from new york city to los angeles. tell us what happened here. you don't see the breakdown. >> the fuel surcharge is built in, but you are not seeing it. you will see $21.40 in taxes and fees. the main reason we did this exercise is for you to see how to use frequent flyer miles. people think frequent flying miles means a free ticket.
if you fly on one of these international carriers you are getting the ticket portion free, but not getting the surcharges covered. you will use your miles but will pay extra money. >> what's your advice? >> i have good advice. the main thing to do is look at your options. for example, you can fly on a domestic carrier going internationally. that's one way to do it. obviously being smart and flexible is something you should definitely consider. >> in terms of time -- >> i just got back from europe. i can't recommend it highly enough. it's fantastic weather there, beautiful as always. but summer is the high season. consider going in october when it's lower season and the fuel surcharges will be lower as well. >> we love talking to you. thank you. it is now 8:23. outside to meredith and natalie. >> thank you very much. let's say hello to paris hilton from "the world according to
paris." good morning to you. >> good morning. >> you are no stranger to the reality genre. you had two other shows before. this is the most real of any you have done. why did you decide to do it? you're letting the camera in on basically every moment of your life. >> i have never felt so comfortable with myself. i feel like i want to show the world the real me. there are so many misconceptions. >> we get to see more of your family in this. your mom is in the first episode. are you going to expose more of your family or friends? >> yes. >> were they okay with that? >> this is their first time on reality television. it's difficult having the cameras come in. everyone is supportive of me. they all did an amazing job. i'm so excited with how it turned out. >> one of your best friends brooke mueller was married to charlie sheen and is in the news a lot. were you worried about it?
>> you know, i'm feeling for her right now. she's going through a lot. i wish her the best. she's an open book, but that's a good thing shh tha she's open and added a lot of drama to the show. >> i know you said there are misconceptions about you. what don't people know about you? >> people don't know what a serious businesswoman i have. i have 17 different product lines. i work very hard. people are going to see it on the show. my work ethic and everything that happens all the time. >> you're really a pioneer in terms of the reality tv industry. did you expect to see all these changes with the way it is now? if you look at it now is differe different? >> oh, hold that answer. we'll be right back after your local news.
good morning to you. it is 8:26. let's start with weather. christina, look at that. >> i know. now you believe me, right? >> it is dark behind you. >> it really is. if you look at this picture long enough you can actually see flashes of lightning because we have lightning out there and somebody flying by on a broom. you're actually looking okay this morning. right now you're still dry, but, hey, this front is on the way to san francisco. i think a little bit of this yellow will reach san francisco in the next half hour as i zoom
in for you. you can see how impressive this line of showers and severe thunderstorms is. gusty, gusty winds. it picks up in the city. and then it looks like that heavy rain is about a half hour away from you. the storm system is going to move through quickly. the frontal will be clear by 4:00 p.m. you can see that from the futurecast. however, it will be warm enough for the pop-up thunderstorms to develop throughout the day. so, of course, jeff ranieri and myself will be giving you updates all day long.
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than aids, drugs, alcohol, murder and car crashes... combined. we have a lot more work to do. [ cheers and applause ] 8:30 now on this wednesday morning, first day of june, 2011. it is sunny and warm in rockefeller plaza. this morning things are really going to heat up on friday when we have a terrific concert on the plaza. i'm talking about new kids on the block which always draws a big crowd.
they will be joined by another blockbuster boy band, backstreet boys. so it's two for the price of one come friday on "today." >> meanwhile, it's all the ladies all the time out here. meredith, natalie, tamron and ann. >> nice to have everybody out here this morning. >> it is. >> go ahead. >> i was going to say we'll be talking about the concert on friday. but on thursday we have a fantastic act. we have scotty mcreery, "american idol" winner and runner-up lauren alaina. >> there were rumors they were together as a couple but they have denied it. >> they have, but the chemistry -- >> i know. it cannot be denied. >> there are always denials on these things. >> in the meantime, we're talking about something important, the mistake people make, especially arne this time of year when it comes to home security. keeping the alarm on, should you
go on twitter and tell the world you're on vacay while your home is vacated? we'll talk about mistakes people make with security. >> i have another good topic. there is a new "people" magazine coming out with one of our own on the cover. we're talking about -- look, there she is. one of our cover girls. we are talking about meredith vieira. the pictures inside are really stunning. they really talk to you, meredith, about -- look at the gams. >> those were super imposed actually. >> look at the picture. that's to be cherished. you talk about your thoughts as you were thinking about your decision to leave the broadcast and why. >> that it was very much a family decision and had to do with the fact that, you know, right now we are both in good health and we want to enjoy ourselves and have more flexibility. but it's a week from today. my heart is breaking here.
>> i know. >> but i'll be back. >> we're going to sit on you to keep you here. don't get any ideas about that. >> on that note, i'll bring in paris hilton again. paris is starring in her new reality show "the world according to paris". >> you were one of the pioneers of reality tv. a lot of expectation now is that it's gone that much further when you see the snookis of the world. is there pressure to be way out there this time around? >> my show is not like any show on tv. it's all real, not scripted. it's exciting and fun, different than anything you will ever see. >> has being in reality television made your life better or worse? >> i love it. i have been doing this for so long. i love my fans. i'm so excitede for "the world according to paris". >> it's made your life better? >> definitely. it's huge for my brand.
>> your life is unimaginable for most people. you see fans looking at you out here. how do you keep it real when the camera is in your face especially in your relationship? >> the camera is there from the morning to when i go to bed. i don't even notice anymore. i just forget it's there. >> you made this little boy happy. it was very sweet of you. paris hilton, thank you so much. i want to remind the audience "the world according to paris" premieres tonight on oxygen at 10:00/9:00 central. let's get a look at the weather with maria. >> good morning. everyone has summer dresses on. it's summer in the city. are you guys having a good time in new york? we have another hot day in new york city and d.c. before we have cooler air. along with that it will come with strong thunderstorms, gusty winds in excess of 60 miles per hour. record highs across the south. windy and cooler across the great lakes. tomorrow, everyone clears out, but it's still near record
warmth across the south. sunshine for much of the west coast. well, if you're joining us from peninsula, we have a really strong front on the way. take a look at our gray skies we're picking up from our cam this morning. let's show you what's headed your way. take a look at this. you see the reds, the yellows embedded within the green. this is a strong line of showers and thunderstorms. windy condition already in the city. this thing is about 30 minutes away from san francisco now. once it moves in, you can expect heavy rain, possibly pea-sized hail, heavy downpours for at least an hour. by 4:00 p.m. we'll see the front clear out of here. then we'll be left with gray skies and cold weather. tragedy when his mother drove the family van into the hudson river. we'll hear from the boy coming up. first, this da "isn y"tonb oc.
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back now at 8:37 with an update on a story that touched so many. nearly two months ago a mother drove her family's mini van into the hudson killing herself and three of her children. the oldest, a 10-year-old boy, survived. mara schiavocampo has more on how he's doing. good morning. >> good morning. this story touched viewers deeply with so many wanting to know how to help the young boy who went through a terrible trauma. people reached out to him from all over the world including a group of professional athletes who are building a team of support around lashawn. from the outside, lashawn armstrong looks like any other kid. but inside, he's coping with a tragedy no 10-year-old should ever face. this child's play, a welcome distraction from an unimaginable trauma. >> we are going to begin with a tragic story in new york. >> reporter: seven weeks ago,
lashawn's mother, 25-year-old la shonda armstrong loaded he and his sibling nto the family mini van, allegedly distraught after an argument with the father of three of the kids she drove into the dark, frigid waters of the hudson river. as the van began to sink, lashawn lowered a window and swam to shore. >> he kept repeating, help my mom, she's in the water. >> reporter: by the time rescuers found the family, it was too late. the van was submerged in eight feet of water. the bodies of the mother, 5-year-old landon, 2-year-old lance and 11-month-old lianna all inside. lashawn's story of survival touched so many, including baltimore ravens linebacker ray lewis. >> many stories you hear day in, day out. but that one grabbed me. he grabbed me from afar. first words out of my mouth were, i need him.
>> think about how hard this is. >> reporter: lewis tracked the family down, offering lashawn mentorship and emotional support. >> i just grabbed him, hugged him. i looked at him and i told him, i'm here for you, man. i can't replace what you've lost. but i can tell you that i'm here to go forward with you. >> reporter: the two formed a strong instant bond. >> when i first met ray lewis i was, like, shocked. it was so cool. he's like a brother to me. like an older brother to me. he says that he misses me and i'm like family to him. >> reporter: lashawn's new extended family is much bigger than lewis. other current and retired nfl players are huddling around him. >> we made him a part of our family. we told him, we've got him for
life. >> reporter: they are also offering financial support for counseling, tutoring and a college fund. holding a black tie fund-raiser this april and asking for continued donations. lashawn still struggles with his new reality. his grandparents, who share custody, say he was a doting big brother who deeply misses his family and has never spoken of that night. >> a couple times i catch him in moments but he gets out of it. >> he just says, god, thank you for looking out for my family in heaven. >> reporter: lashawn is not going through it alone. he has a large and loving family. and now a team of big brothers. what do you hope for his future? >> to achieve much more than what his situation offered. >> reporter: as far as lashawn is concerned, his options are wide open. >> i don't know what i want to
be when i grow up. there is a lot to do. i'm not sure yet. first i have to finish college though. >> reporter: one child emerging from a painfully dark time, looking ahead to a brighter future. the ray lewis foundation is accepting donations specifically for lashawn's education activities and counseling. lewis said he's personally donated $10,000. we have the information at today.com. >> such a special little boy. >> a really good kid. we hope the best for him. >> you often hear about athletes who do bad things. here is an athlete stepping up in a wonderful way for a child. >> just saw the need. >> and filled it. thank you so much. up next, what you are doing wrong when it comes to home security. first, this is "today" on nbc.
jim is here with important tips on how to keep your home, money and identity safe this summer. good to see you. >> good morning. >> this is timely. a lot of families going on vacation. we can make critical mistakes. >> a lot of mistakes. >> let's get to the things you say we should be concerned about. home security. walk-in burglaries versus break-ins. it's a reality. >> most people know they should lock the door but if you're going to the door or going to walk your pet people say, oh, i'll be gone 10, 15 minutes, no big deal. criminals walk around faking like they want a petition signed. they knock on the door, nobody answers. they try the handle, quick hit and out. >> is it a solution to get a home alarm system? or a sign out front? >> signs work great. if you have the alarm, actually use it. so many people never turn them on. criminals are aware of that. they bust in. if the alarm goes off, they leave. if it doesn't they have the house. >> and a no-brainer, but we all
do it. not locking the door, especially garage doors. >> garage doors are a problem. nobody locks them. they assume it's part of the inside of the house. but criminals break into cars, steal the clicker, go to the house because they have the registration with your home address on it. now they have the clicker to get into your garage. >> go back and double back to make sure -- especially patio doors. people forget the sliding back door sometimes. >> patio doors are really easy to open. now they have a stick you can put down. good idea. something to secure the door. >> we were talking about people breaking into cars but beyond stealing the radio it's information that could be in the glove compartment that could lead to something worse happening. >> that goes to the registration. you have registration in there with your home address on it. scribble that out. you don't need it. the police can still use the registration fine. >> we won't get in trouble? >> and it keeps you secure. >> moving on to computers.
we have been talking about cyber security with congresswoman anthoan though -- congressman anthony weiner, for example. >> people are concerned about a tough pass word. they have one tough one and use it everywhere. >> that's because you keep forgetting them. i can't remember which is for the bank account, which one to log on at work. >> come up with something easy like a word ribbon. then at the end of the word tack on two weird characters like a one and a capitol a. it's easy enough to remember because it's only a little bit different but they won't realize your system. >> just a word and tack on a one and a z. >> exactly. it's that simple. >> should you change your pass word often? >> as often as you can. most people won't do it. best practice is once every six months. again, most people aren't going to do it. >> let's talk about purchasing online. a lot of people love to shop
online. how do you make sure everything you put in is secure? >> i'm a big bargain hunter. go online, fooint fiind the bes possible deal. there are fake websites to steal your card. go to google, type in the domain name. find out if anything comes up. if nothing comes up, be suspicious or if bad things come up don't go to the site. if people talk about how great it is, you can feel comfortable with it. >> do a little bit of research there. it's vacation season. people will go on facebook or twitter and say they are headed out of town. a mistake. >> huge mistake. criminals are all over this right now. they are just following foursquare and different thing. if you post, hey, i'm in bora-bora, you're posting, hey, rob me. >> people would go to football games and in the small towns the burglars know they can break into homes. >> criminals are smart. they are tech savvy as well. >> great advice, timely for
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musicians who connected in an unusual way, fittingly called playing for change. "today's" sarah hanes spent time with them good morning. >> good morning. playing for change started in the prefontaine of an l.a. music producer that recognized no matter our differences, almost everyone loves music. ♪ watching the ships roll in ♪ then i watch them roll away again ♪ >> reporter: go to just about any city in any country on the world and you will find them -- street performers. ♪ watching the tide roll away >> thank you. >> reporter: what if some of the world's greatest came together in song. connecting culture through a shared passion for music. that was the vision of music producer mark johnson. >> everybody loves music. we had a good chance to inspire people. >> reporter: it was local musician roger ridley in mark's hometown of santa monica who first inspired him.
>> i approached him and said, i may come back with recording equipment and camera to record you, film you singing "stand by me" take the song around the world. >> he said, if you come back, i'll play the song. >> reporter: soon roger's voice would be paired with others he never met including grandpa elliot. ♪ oh, stand by me >> i love performing. it's all in my bones. >> reporter: a standout in a city full of music legends. >> when he sings and plays he has so much soul and conviction. that's humbling. ♪ please stand stand by me ♪ >> reporter: and soon there would be others. mark began traveling the world, searching for the best of the best, recording hours of music and video from 37 musicians representing 12 countries. ♪ oh won't you stand ♪ oh, stand
>> it made me cry a little bit. i'm not a crybaby, but i had to turn around and dry my tears. >> reporter: it turns out a lot of other people were touched, too. the video went viral on youtube with over 30 million hits. >> we tried to make something bigger than ourselves and now it is. >> reporter: that video sparked more songs. eventually an album that debuted number 10 on the bill board charts. >> what about having them on stage? that would be a powerful next chapter for playing for change. >> reporter: so the playing for change band was formed with grandpa elliot and musicians like ghana's mohamed whose talking drum talks to millions. >> it makes me so proud. >> reporter: the band now plays to sellout crowds around the world. for grandpa elliot it's a long way from the corner of toulouse
and royal where he's been performing for years. an idea that sometimes leaves him speechless. >> i'm an old man. i always wanted to travel. and now i'm traveling. so how do you think i feel? >> reporter: mark and his musicians are hoping to pay it forward. money from the playing for change album and concerts has funded the construction of seven music schools in seven countries, including mohamed's hometown in ghana. >> to have 160 students to teach them the culture, i don't feel alone no more. >> reporter: now a new album is due out with familiar faces and famous faces. but if you really want to know what playing for change is about, spend five minutes with grandpa. he'll not only tell you but show you that music really can bring us together. ♪
is the cd was released yesterday. i have only one, so i will give it to meredith. >> i'll share. >> listen to that and the music is contagious. as mark johnson, the founder, said, you don't have to understand the language of music. you feel it. >> i have watched the videos at least ten times on youtube. it just makes a connection all over the world between people. it's a language that's universal. >> the first time you saw it, you burst into tears. >> it gets you at different points every time. >> thanks so much. >> transforming lives. you play a mean harmonica. >> yeah! >> more good new ss on our specl section of the website, good news on today.com.
. >> the light rain associated with this front has pushed onshore with the city. let's take it live to the radar and show you what's coming. take a look at this. severe line of showers and storms. it's already windy, but you see the green sitting over san francisco right now. we've got heavy storms on the way. and there's thunderstorms embedded with the line. you could find frequent heavy downpours, hail, lightning, and even possibly today not having any right now but there is a potential for tornadic rotation. we're going to be watching this. very, very dangerous driving conditions. be sureur to take caution if yo have to drive to work. otherwise, i say stay put for the next half hour to hour and let this thing back.
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back now with more of "today" on this wednesday morning, june 1, 2011. it is a nice sunny morning in the heart of midtown manhattan. we have a great group of people who have been soaking it all in. i'm ann curry along with msnbc's tamron hall, filling in for al this morning. great to have you here. >> beautiful day. >> al is on assignment along with matt. they are at the vatican today. they will be broadcasting live from there. ill give us a rare look inside the private life of the pope that's tomorrow coming up on "today." meantime coming up in this half hour the question is will she or
won't she? we are talking about sarah palin. she's been taking her tour to parts of the east coast. it's a patriotic bus tour seeing historic sites, meeting with the public including having a pizza party with donald trump. the question everybody is asking is, is she getting ready for a presidential bid? so we'll get into some of that. also this morning we'll talk about cell es. have you heard the news? >> a lot of people are talking about the report that says that cell phones could, based on prior study, cause cancer. but it shouldn't cause alarm, basically, is what they are saying. >> it is causing alarm for people trying to figure it out. we have dr. nancy snyderman getting to the bottom of it to understand what possibly, quote/unquote, to cause cancer means from the w.h.o. >> money emergencies, how to manage your debt from to manage your retirement savings. a lot of people can relate. we'll give you advice on those and other personal finance questions and later, how to put
your best face forward on your wedding day. it's supposed to be the happiest day of your life, so of course you want to look good. bobbi brown has tips to get the romantic look for your big day. hard not to be romantic that day. >> she can do a good job making you look pretty. we have a check of the top stories. natalie at the news desk. >> good morning. the space shuttle "endeavour" landed safely this morning wrapping up the final mission of a nearly 20-year career as "endeavour" returned to earth nag is a rop the nasa rolled out the final launch. he said it is sad to see it land for the last time but she has a great legacy. >> is it a vacation or run for the white house?
it would be a little of both. mike has the latest. good morning. >> it's hard to say exactly what sarah palin is up to or her husband todd, seen getting into an airport taxi outside a jersey hotel. not sure what impact it will have. the point about sarah palin, never been a conventional politician. if she's going to make a white house run, she won't do it the conventional way stop one, pizza dinner with the donald, donald trump who's birther suspicions he voiced to meredith on "today." who his own poll numbers were about to plummet, found one politician willing to support him. >> do have respect for donald trump and his candidness. >> all of which set a table for a public slice of pizza, although no one seemed that interesting in actually eating. perhaps there was talk about the annoying reporters with all of
their questions. press corps largely ignored by palin as she pursued her tour. >> that's kind of the way we live. we're not used to calling up reporters, come follow us. >> we were waiting by the bus. >> reporter: from washington and great entrance on sunday on a harly to fort mchenry and gettysburg and liberty bell, she has left the press off balance. reporters are left to follow by convoy or air. by the only question that matters is she running she gave several answers of maybe. >> it is still many weeks away before -- there's going to be a lot of shuffling around. >> while a lot of political pros, including republicans say palin will go from contender to pretender sooner rather than later, roger simon seize es it differently. >> i think seize seriously
testing the waters for the presidency. >> that unsecret dinner with the donald, palin emerged to not quite answer the question one more time. >> when do you think you'll make your decision? >> not for many weeks, still i think there is a lot of time. >> reporter: palin confirmed her agenda would start with trips to elis island and lady liberty but hasn't said specifically, at least not to us. >> thank you. a united nations nuclear safety team has found japan underestimated the risk of a tsunami on its nuclear plants. the team released a summary of its finding criticizing japan's level of preparation for a nuclear disaster. two f-16 fighter jets were scrambled to escort a united airlines plane back to dull less after a fight broke out on board sunday. this tape of the pilot speaking to the control tower was released just this morning. >> the passenger is not secured at this time. the passenger has settled down though, but an assault has taken
place. but at this time he is not secured. >> the "washington post" reports that the scuffle broke out aboard the flight when a passenger reclined his seat upsetting the person sitting behind him. joplin, missouri begins the next step in its tornado recovery today. crews will start hauling away debris left by the tornado that leveled one third of the city ten days ago. the wreckage will be screened for as bestos and chemicals and other hazardous materials. an army ranger wounded in afghanistan will become only the second living medal of honor winner since the vietnam era. leroy petri suffered woonds when he picked up an enemy grenade and it exploded as he threw it away. he'll receive the military's highest honor in a ceremony next month. our congratulations to him. a very deserving young man. let's go back outside, six minutes past the hour to ann and
tamr tamron. >> let's walk this way, we have a lot of people want to be on tv, including graduates here. as we throw to maria who's on the plaza -- hey there. >> good morning, guys, we definitely congratulate all of the graduates. we have a lot of floridians, this one from pensacola. having a good time, sweetie? >> uh-huh. >> it's hot in florida and hot here. all helping to fuel showers and thunderstorms. severe thunderstorms along the east coast. this will help break the heat from new york city to washington, d.c. but watch out for damaging winds, especially later this afternoon. right now we have nasty storms to the north of boston and starting to see them fire up again as you get closer to the great lakes. as we go through the rest of the day today it is all about the record heat across the south. windy conditions in the great lakes and maybe still a little bit of mountain snow in the well, it's 9:00 a.m., the
sun is out, but you can't see it. we've got a very strong line of thunderstorms moving into the city right now. this is the golden gate bridge, people driving with their headlights on and the bulk of the moisture from the cell has not pushed onshore yet. as you can see, it's getting ready to go across the bridge. take a look at this strong line of storms. front moves through right now probably for the next two hours. heavy rain in the city. atzky e author of "money 911." david bach is the author of "debt free for life" and sharon epperson is a personal finance correspondent for cnbc and cnbc.com. good morning. we have a viewer on skype right now with a question for us. kelsey from johnstown, pennsylvania. good morning. >> hi. >> what's your question?
>> well, our situation is we have about $35,000 worth of credit card and personal loan debt. five accounts are open and revolving. six are closed or insolvent accounts. we just completed an irs audit for about three years for which we are going to owe about $14,000. i have $3,000 to apply to debt and i want to know the best place to apply it. should i put it to the irs? should i put it toward one of the loan accounts that the balance is about $3,000 and wipe out a monthly payment or should i maybe apply it to estimated tax payments for 2011? >> good question. jean? >> really good. so many moving pieces. you're on an installment plan with the irs for next year's debt, right? for last year's debt? >> it will be, yeah. >> part of the deal with an installment plan is you have to pay next year's taxes. so take the $3,000, put as much
of it as necessary toward paying the estimated taxes. anything left over you can put toward the highest interest rate credit card debt. but make sure you stay on time on those installment payments. >> okay. >> taxes are most important. pay down that debt. next we have a viewer e-mail from dan in new jersey. he writes, can a 403-b tsa or ira be converted to a roth ira? david? >> the simple answer is it can be. the easiest way to do this is to do what's called a rollover. he'd roll over money from the 403-b which is like a 401-k plan. then you roll it into the ira account. once you have rolled it into the account then you can make the decision. do you want to roll it into a roth ira? this year if you do he needs to pay taxes on it. it's important to ask yourself, where do i get the money to pay the taxes? are you going to take it from the ira account itself or outside the account?
do some calculations on google, put in roth ira calculations. take the money out of your ira to pay the taxes, for most people roth ira conversions don't make sense. >> what's the harm of keeping it in the 403-b? >> if a person has left a job they should move it. do an ira rollover so they don't pay taxes on it. then the money is in their account, in their name and they control it. >> more flexibility. >> we have a video question from a viewer. anna from washington, d.c. >> i applied for a program to go to south america to volunteer and get my tsl certification. i want to see if it will affect my credit. thank you. >> i think i skipped one there. we'll go ahead to jean. it's hard to hear. >> it was a little hard to hear. here's the deal.
when you have private student loans and federal student loans and you're not earning additional money, you can put the plans on deferment or forbearance if the lender allows it. you have to check with the lender and make sure you can defer. deferring is better than going into forbearance because then you are not paying on the loans and you are accruing more interest. people come out of school and have a student loan payment that's one size and it gets much bigger. the answer is, call your lender, see if you can defer. >> and sallie mae will work with her. >> we have kaya from portland. >> i had to suspend my credit card last year because of a high balance and high interest rate. but i have paid it off finally -- yay! >> good for you. >> is it best to keep open that card or close it because i know
that a card in good standing is best to keep open, but what if it was suspended? >> she wants to keep the card open. she wants to keep as many accounts open as possible. we have talked about it on the show many times. that credit utilization ratio is key with all of the cards, not just the one she's thinking about now. it's great that she paid off the balance, but she may want to charge a little bit now and then and make sure you use only 10% or less of what the credit limit is on the card. that can help you improve your score. paying bills on time, paying th balance in full when it's due. those are key things to help improve her score over time. the fact that she suspended it because she didn't like the high interest rate means it's probably time to see if she can negotiate for a lower rate or look for a lower rate card if she wants to use it. >> we have time for one more. we have a viewer on the phone. pam from louisiana. good morning, pam. what's your question?
>> good morning. we'll be retiring in april and have been told by our financial adviser to take out a mortgage on our retirement home instead of paying -- cashing out most of our money to pay in cash. we would have to pay taxes on the money taken out. we will make a higher percentage from the money left in ira investments than the percentage we have to pay on the loan. some of the money is in an annuity that will pay 70% of the monthly house payment. does this sound okay to you? >> david? >> i don't like it. i have been a financial adviser. my whole family are financial advisers. we try to get clients to pay down debt. the fact that your adviser wants you to keep your money in investments telling you it will outperform a mortgage is unlikely. especially if it's a second home. the producers told me you are building the second home and the mortgage will be at least 6%. either re-evaluate -- also before you build that home, sell the first home.
if you can't afford to keep two homes then you can't afford the second home. if you have to sell the first home in order to afford the second she's not the right candidate to build right now. >> all right. we appreciate the viewer e-mails, skypes and phone calls. thank you all. still to come this morning, a warning to parents, how to recognize if your teen is playing a deadly choking game. up next, cell phones and cancer. new information says they may possibly increase the risk. we'll tell you what you need to know after this.
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asked for decades now. the latest answer from the world health organization is -- possibly. what does that mean? dr. nancy snyderman is nbc's chief medical editor. >> hi, tamron. >> we hear this thing, this conversation comes up a lot. now you have interesting wording from the world health organization. they are saying now possibly. why now? >> any time you hear "possibly, perhaps, maybe," you cannot then in the same sentence put "conclusion." they have after convening 35 scientists from 14 countries who looked at all the information they said, you know, there is no known cause/effect. we cannot prove that cell phones cause cancer, but let's kick the can forward. there is enough concern. let's follow this proactively. i think the real issue here is there was one study in patients with brain tumors.
they said people were dying. how much do you use your cell phones and people had to think about how much they use them. very, very poor study. based on that -- and i think frankly conventional wisdom that something's wrong they have kicked the can forward. >> the panel distinguishes between known and possible carcinogens. >> known carcinogens -- asbestos, cigarette smoking. we know they cause cancer. possible are kas legasoline fum chloroform, working as a carpenter, firefighter or dry cleaner. also pickled vegetables. even going in the sunshine every day is a carcinogen. we know that 5 billion people in this world use cell phones. cell phone technology has skyrocketed. but we have not seen a budge in the number of brain tumors. so until we see a number go up and the other number follow, i
don't see how you can use the word conclusion anywhere. >> the cell phone industry said, this classification does not mean cell phones cause cancer. it is in their interest to stress that. >> they are right. there is no known proof yet. >> people wonder, do i get rid of the phone? >> the reality is more people will die by driving, texting and talking than by tumors. if you are really concerned, there is no proof, but if you are concerned follow this list. use a hands-free device. keep it away from your head. tell your children to use it less often. but that list is for the worried well. i have no science to substantiate that. we are giving you something if you're worried. i'm not going to worry until i see the science. >> some people feel better knowing there is something they can do. >> it wasn't that long ago that nobody wanted a microwave oven in the kitchen and now you
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the san francisco sheriff is enacting a new immigration policy today. cited for petty crimes will with cited and released even if agents want to detain them for pos deportation. for the first time in 27 years all of san francisco's famted cable cars will be out of service for the next fur days. starting today, all three of the cable car lines will be down for maintenance. shuttle buses will replace the lines with reduced fares until all those cars are up and running again. they're expected to be back in service by monday. over 24,000 passengers take the cable cars every day. and maybe it's a good day to have them out and not working right now as they repair them as we take a look at san francisco. a pretty soggy sight. we're keeping tabs of the storms. yes i did. [ man ] points i could use for just about anything. ♪ ♪
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>> also this morning, no-cook pasta sauces. >> quick and easy. just throw them together while the water is boiling. and we just had our financial experts on, the panel. for all of you who are still online or want to get your questions answered, cnbc's sharon epperson is online now and will be answering questions for you. go to today.com and she'll try to get through as many as she can. ll access, all the time. >> that's nice. in the meantime let's get access to the forecast with maria larosa. >> good morning. it's hot. still the eastern half of the country is very, very warm. record territory still across the southeast. one last warm day from new york to d.c. strong showers and thundershowers this afternoon. gusty winds and hail. windy conditions in the great lakes. mountain snow in the west. it's sunny and dry across the southwest. 100 degrees for phoenix.
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a new warning to parents and teens about the dangers of the choking game. some call it the good kids' high and it has claimed the life of another teenager. her parents want to make sure other parents can recognize the warning signs before it's too late. here's nbc's lee cowan. >> reporter: the visitation for 13-year-old paige click was another in a long line of sad good-byes for otherwise good kids. teens who experimented with what they thought was a harmless high, but instead ended up the victim of a gruesome gamble. >> i talked to her about drugs and alcohol. but i never talked to her about any type of choking herself off to get high. i have never even heard of it. >> reporter: it's called the
choking game. purposefully strangling blood flow to the brain. the euphoria it creates is brain cells dying. youtube is full of videos of teens trying it in groups but paige did it alone. >> i walked in and i saw her hanging. she was blue. >> reporter: because most are reported as suicides there are no hard numbers of how many kids the activity claims, but the centers for disease control says nearly a third of the teens it recently questioned knew someone who had tried the choking game and nearly 6% had tried it themselves. >> until we finally hit that tipping point where everybody realizes that this is an epidemic. every community has to sacrifice a child. >> reporter: ken has made it his mission to warn kids and parents of the dangers. he gets plenty of e-mails thanking him for trying. >> many kids at my school, my friends, admitted to playing this game. >> reporter: like paige's
parents he'd never heard of the choking game until he found his 15-year-old son kevin strangled to death in 2009. he tells parents now the warning signs he missed in kevin. headaches, bloodshot ice, disorientation. nothing that would add up to any parent unless they heard of choking as recreation. >> if we stop just one then we have made a difference. >> as many as 1,000 kids die in the united states. >> reporter: it's resonating. this p.s.a. by kids for kids reminds them three minutes without air is all it takes. >> not fun. >> is it worth dying for? >> reporter: for paige, those three minutes left her brain starved for oxygen and her family alone. a game with stakes that high is no game at all. for "today," lee cowan, nbc news,osge anles. le >> we'll be right back with more of "today" after these messages. wrap it up, boys. while i'm still young. ♪
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♪ >> announcer: today's woman is brought to you by neutrogena cosmetics. recommended most by dermatologists. >> this morning, bridal beauty. if you have a date to tie the knot you have probably thought about everything from the dress, shoes, hair and the guest list. have you thought enough about your makeup? bobbi brown is here to make sure you do. good morning. >> good morning, ann. >> kate middleton just got married. and we have jackie and christine also here. when kate middleton got married she maybe set a trend by doing her own makeup. >> she did. that's a modern way to get married. not everyone has the able to hire a makeup artist. if you do it yourself, you look
like yourself. >> and she actually used your makeup. >> i think she did a beautiful job on herself. >> you want to talk about what to do on your wedding day. one thing people don't realize is you may want to use something called a yellow tone urnderneat because of the pictures. >> when a flash goes off it makes everything pink. if you don't have yellow toned concealer and foundation it will look pink and not natural. so that's the number one thing. get that right before you go into the color, eyes and lips. >> you recommend bronzing the chest because there is exposure usually in that area. >> right. often women are lighter on the chest. so bronzer. not foundation. foundation will get on the dress. not a shimmery bronzer. >> why not? >> shimmer on the chest reflects not natural. >> i see. this is all about the photographs. >> it is. hopefully your wedding lasts 50, 60 years. >> so the pictures have to stand
the test of time. i know a lot of brides know to use water resistant mascara. >> long wearing eye shadow, mascara. because you will cry from happiness. >> no, really? let's go to the models. jackie, you may not realize. these girls are twins. >> identical. >> because they are using very different looks you may not guess that. jackie is the first model wearing a traditional wedding look. >> she's more of a bride that's the everyday bride. she's got the smoky eyes. >> you're not everyday. you're special. >> classic. she's got the smoky eyes. we did a double liner. it's a great tip. you line with shadow first and go over with the gel liner to make it smokier and stronger. as a third option, if you want, you could do a little bit of pencil and smudge it, too. >> i see. >> just to make it stand out. we are not doing the black on the whole eye. we have gray going on. >> i think smoky eyes are hard.
>> they're not. >> i always mess it up. i look ghoulish. >> i add a little bit of lightness. >> look. that's beautiful. it pops it. >> we blend. if there is any unblending which sometimes if you do your own makeup sometimes. it pops the eye and makes her beautiful. >> eye bling. >> she also has false eyelashes which you can get with mascara and a nude lip. >> with the nude lip, i notice you say don't go absolutely nude. when you take photographs your lips will disappear. you need it two shades -- >> don't go lighter than your natural lip which is trendy. a lot of girls do it with a strong eye. very 60s makeup. enhance your natural lip color. go up a shade. >> because of the photographs. >> but her eyes pop. >> i like the sparkle on top. that's a good trick. >> good for prom, too.
>> hey, that's the season. >> it is. >> my daughter's going this weekend. christine, you're doing more of a romantic look. >> yes. >> this is so beautiful. here we have a heavier lip. >> we have a brighter lip. this is more fun. great on destination weddings, on the beach. look straight ahead for a second. we want to keep the eyes more soft. she has a bronzy shadow on. i'm adding a little bit of bronzy blush. it has a little shimmer on it. remember i said no shimmer on the chest? a little bit on the cheek, on the nose. this is great for an outdoor wedding and the time of day you get married is important. if she's getting married at 4:00 in the afternoon she has to look in the sun. at noon it's really bright sun. >> you don't want to do that outside unless you're under a tree or something. >> right, the hot sun. >> it's bad lighting. take it from me. i have been there. >> the most beautiful sunlight is 5:00 to 6:00 for pictures.
most beautiful. >> yeah. of photography tips and makeup. >> and it's about looking like yourself because the pictures will last. >> thank you so much. i always learn something when you're here. christina and jackie, you both look beautiful. up next, we have something really beautiful. we have summer pasta dishes that are quick and easy. i'm salivating. first, this is "today" on nbc.
this morning on today's kitchen, what's for dinner? summer pastas. with the host of mad hungry on the hallmark channel we have easy pasta dishes to bring heat to your table. you're already starting up. >> i can't help it. i'm in the kitchen. >> and you're mad hungry. these are easy, tasty pasta dishes. >> it's like pasta equals salad. if you have only the amount of
time it takes to boil water, here is a pound of pasta that's almost done. i'm putting in peas. they take just a minute. first we have a pint of tomatoes. i don't want you to get anything on the dress. >> it can be cleaned. >> we have sauce to let out a little bit of moisture. we're putting in fresh basil and two cloves of garlic. we want to leave some garlic flavor in but not too much. >> the time it takes to boil the pasta we are putting this together. >> this is the sauce. in the winter you're simmering, braising, liking the meaty stuff. in the summer, spring -- >> am i supposed to smash that? >> you're good. now you can add grated parmesan. >> all right. >> get it on in there. a little bit of salt. you could do this in the morning if you want to. >> when we think sauces we think heavy or cream. >> no, no. >> this is not that. >> salad, meat, pasta.
the peas have now cooked. >> with the pasta snm in the final minutes. this is beautiful campanelle pasta which is like little bells. it gives the tomatoes a place to nestle. dump in the arugala. i say vegetable eaters are made not born. for my boys if i put anything with pasta they will eat it. this is beautiful, right? simple as could be. >> it smells good. >> the arugala just barely collapses in the heat and that's fine. at the end we do a little bit of shaved -- so different from the stuff we put in. >> the green and red looks so professional. >> on my show, "mad hungry" on the hallmark channel we do stuff you want to eat now. this is fun. this is from my mom. >> i know. i said i want to make it for mom on sunday. >> my mom is a lemon fanatic. i have a pound of fettucc krrksi
that's cooked already. lemon is a nice refresher to bridge the season. this is cool. this is really cool. i'm taking some of the pasta sauce for the sauce. >> the water. >> i will put in a couple spoonfuls and right onto the hot water goes butter. so we'll start to build a sauce right in there. we have lemon juice, the juice of one lemon. this is where my mom comes in. she's a lemon fanatic. i have a lot of the rind of the lemon. >> the zest. >> if you want to mix it around so the butter melts. >> and that's the warm pasta water. >> i knew ann curry would show up. >> and then the cheese. >> keep mixing. >> fresh mint. >> what does mint add for this?
>> lemon and mint is a match made in heaven. it's summer. we're ready to go. >> do you put in salt or anything? >> just parmesan cheese. we have pepper flakes, but not too much. >> just a little kick. i slaved over it all day, ladies. >> now you can make it for mom. >> my mother is graduating from college and that's what i'm making her. >> yeah. congratulations. you're going to make it for her. >> your mom is under pressure. >> congratulations. up next, heather graham is chatting with kathie lee and hoda. >> thank you. [ woman ] everybody's looking for deals these days,
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good morning to you. it's 9:56 right now. i'm laura garcia-cannon. it is certainly a wet wednesday out there. i want to check in with meteorologist christina loren. she's checking this dark storm system. >> it's not giving me a break. this is san jose. hasn't been hit very hard yet, but it's about 30 minutes from the heavy rain moving into the south bay. campbell, san jose, get ready for it. you can see the severe line has pushed right over the bay, getting ready to hit oakland, and the east bay, you'll see a lot of the moisture coming through. the good news is we're finally getting a break in the north basement you see this activity in the ocean. that's going to push onshore throughout the remainder of the day and we have a threat for some of the pop-up storms. as you can see, light green here. it's light rain when we step out of the way. the yellow on the way to san jose. by 4:00 p.m. the front's all the way through. some very, very unstable air
mass. 62 degrees a forecasted high in san jose. just 57 in the city. another round of rain to get through as we head through the latter portions of tomorrow. friday, the big front moves through into saturday. maybe a bit of break on sunday. are we getting a break on the roads, mike? i doubt it. >> the maps look stormy. slow, south 880 coming toward 280, you're looking at it. it show use there water on the lens. the water below, you can't make it out. let's get another live look out there. the bay bridge. the back here, down out of richland, you can barely make out the curve. the cars are moving a lot better than they were a half hour ago. at least a little break. >> keeping tabs on the traffic and the big storms hitting the bay area. yes, it is june 1st. ♪
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watching the boys. they are narrowing it down. >> i can't believe they let that girl go. >> just take a listen. ♪ >> did they pick her? >> i didn't think it was the right choice ♪ >> they should have picked her. >> i like this little girl. >> they picked her tint they? >> did they pick the cowboy? >> yes, he's cute.
but he's not as good as the other country guy. >> but he's cuter. >> okay. >> so far my favorite in this group is the first bigger guy, jeff, who sang with those pipes. he was so -- >> don't let the sun go down. >> so good. i loved him. thought he was great. he is my favorite of the whole deal. >> i haven't been watching. i get the recap in the morning. i was out at a book signing. the darling little down of ridgewood. >> look at you signing. >> we're so glad you got that shot. we are getting ready to leave. it was the end of the night and he goes i got pee. when a kid needs to go he
doesn't want to take a picture. >> excellent. now remember today is our voice competition. our own voice competition. >> so much bigger than the one on the network. >> in our own studio, we have our voice chairs and three more contestants who are going to come today. we will have our backs turned, we will listen to them sing. >> i am under the gun. i have got get three in the end. we have three today and three next week. but i got to get it first or you get them. >> be careful. i go on the first note. i go right away. >> such a trained musician. >> so this is -- i don't know what you call this. annoying, terrible, whatever. you are on a flight, on a long overseas flight. a guy in front of this man reclined his seat and it upset this man. >> all the way back.
>> so much that he whacked the guy on the side of the head. a brawl ensued and caused a huge thing. they had to go back to dulles, dump the fuel -- >> they had to be escorted by fighter jets. 17,000 gallons of fuel wasted. no charges brought against the guys. look at the amount of lives affected because they could not get along. >> i think it is terrible that these guys couldn't get along. when somebody reclines i get kneecaped every time. if someone is reclining all the way on me for this long journey. >> what would you do? >> i stew and listen to music because they have a right to recline but i think it's not poli polite. sometimes i get a little passive
aggressive and i open and close my tray table multiple times to be annoying. there is nowhere for my knees to go because he is in my lap. >> just pull your legs up and flip them over the front and they could be a pillow for you. he would love it. >> it can be annoying with the reclining. i know people do what they do. they go back and the way that the seats are, they are so tight there is not really a lot of room. >> i am not jealous of anything or anybody but i have an envy thing about people who can g on a plane and fall asleep no matter what. the worst turbulence, a brawl. there were people who slept through the whole thing. >> and they will live forever. how do you do that? >> you are not sleeping at all. not anywhere. >> i am trying not to complain. i was going on about 22 hours of no sleep yesterday.
and we finally get out of this signing and everybody has been sweet and wonderful. i get in the car and i am saying i am going get home in time to see the puppies and frank. the guy, i will never say his name, he said i'm going to stop -- you know what he said? he said i'm going to stop for gas and beer. i said that's a joke, right? >> joking about the beer? >> no. 15 minutes late. he was going to get beer until i went you're joking, right? and then he got lost and we got home and not even the puppies were asleep. >> curled up next to frank? >> i wasn't going to tell that part. he gets congested. so i didn't sleep last night either. i'm dangerous when i haven't
slept. june is courtesy month for driving. >> if you are in the fast lane and the person going in front of you is going 50 miles an hour. you flash them. i do ride a little tight. not too tight. sometimes they don't know you are back there. >> they have a rear view. >> they will drive forever, look and go oh and then they go over. >> without putting on their signal. they are asking you to be courteous. if you are going slow in the fast lane, get over. >> or if you are behind the person going behind the slow person, be courteous so many accidents are caused this way. >> sometimes you have to go around them and it's a pain because they are just puttering along. >> i don't think this month is
going to work out well. >> here are the things that bug you guys the most. slow pokes in the fast lane are number five. four are people with no turn signals. three, grooming while driving. >> you know exactly who you are. that nose clipper thing is good. >> when you clipped your noser -- >> i did not. >> apparently it was in allure magazine. is it okay to do that. >> only on national television when you are trying to show somebody how it works. >> road rage is the second most annoying thing and tailgaters. >> yeah. >> you know what bothers me the most? is when i see people on the phone or texting. that bothers me the most because it is dangerous. >> and they just came out with a new study that said there may be a link between cell phones and cancer. and nancy schneiderman said
what's more tragic and draangers is talking and texting while driving. >> deaf -- definitely so. >> employees around here donated shoes to 125 countries around the world. and she decided to call elton john and justin timberlake and kardashians and other celebrities and asked us to donate shoes and sign them for an auction. >> those are kim kardashians you are looking at. >> yes. >> i can't read the other. >> these are sarah jessica's. justin timberlakes. hoda doesn't want to talk about this. how do we describe this? you know when you get out of the
shower. >> and you are clean. >> and you towel yourself off. what if you want to use the towel later. >> it's for the same use. you want to remember what part of your body you were drying what with so you don't use the top part to dry the bottom. >> my point is if you have actually washed, what's the difference? >> exactly. but apparently joanne is very concerned about this. >> you get the picture. >> $19 on true clean towel.com. >> and we have wine here from stone wolf vineyard in oregon. this is their shard chardonnay.
sar sarah, we have a nice give away don't we? >> i found this at the bookstore and we are giving away ten copies signed to fans at the end of the day so we get all the time zones. there is no phrase because we want to keep the conversation going but we will pick. probably if you have something nice to say it will float to the top. so ten people at the end of the day jump on here and chat with us about the show and you may get the book. >> thanks, everybody. up next. >> actor heather graham stops by for something the whole family will like. >> and we will listen to three more blind auditions to find out who is team worthy but first these messages. 6 [ male announcer ] there's a place
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she has a beautiful aunt opal who comes to stay for the summer. >> this is a turn of events for you. is this the first kids generated movie you have ever done. >> it is. i started sponsoring these kids in cambodia and they were asking me what do you do and i said what do yo do and they asked what movies you are in and i couldn't really say. i wanted to show them a film. >> this comes from a series of books and a lot of moms who have young girls will know these characters right away. did you read up on all the bobs. >> they are really cute. and the producer is really cool. she said think pipi longstocking. >> did you dress up like her? >> i did for like five years in a row. >> it is interesting that she did precious that was dark and then this one.
>> i think she likes stories about women. it is like female empowering. >> it starts with our kids. >> this young girl is jordana. >> tell us about her. >> she is from australia. she is so together. she is really mature. >> she had to polish her american accent. >> she was great. every once in a while she would go slight aussie. >> what is the age group? >> like young kids into sort of like younger teenagers. my best friend has kids and i am their aunt. i compete with the real aunts and uncles. i am taking them to the premier.
>> tell me how you got involved in the cambodia kids. >> a friend of mine quit his job and basically started this charity in cambodia and i went there and i was blown away and i sponsored kids there and i have been helping him and raising awareness. so thanks for talking about it on your show. >> what did you do? >> this man was like i want to help people. it's like kids are getting trafficked and it makes you cry to think about it. he is changing the lives of all these people. they are getting great jobs, helps them get into college and get work after. you sort of picture one of the little girls you sponsor. >> the big movie that is out is hangover two. >> i thought they should have
ended up together. >> he would have been happy with that hooker. every man's fantasy. >> a heart of gold. >> are you going see it? >> of course. i haven't yet. i was excited about bridesmaids. you didn't have the female version so for me it is like so cool they did a female sex comedy. for the women to tell their saucy story. >> tell us about your new love i just saw downstairs. >> he is really cute. >> he is really cute. >> where did you meet him? >> my friend is a documentary film maker. she did a movie, "wasteland." i met him them but i had a boyfriend. we started dating in january. >> he is cute. >> really cute. >> he is really tall. >> how tall is he? >> 6'4". >> and he is so uncomfortable right now. >> thanks, heather.
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we are back with what the what segment. >> that's right. you sent us photos of whatever you found funny or bizarre and sarah sifted through them. >> and we have got good ones this week. the first photo was sent from indiana this is a public restroom. it might be a little too public. >> oh my gosh. oh my gosh. >> i wondered if it was just sitting there. it is a working toilet. it's right before construction. so take it or leave it. >> when it's the only thing around -- >> you use it. >> when you got to go.
our next was sent in from california. do you see the chilled crap salad. i wonder what ingredients they use. clearly they make crab, but martha can make anything. >> she can make anything taste good. >> we saw this on a menu on a recent trip to china. we did not order it. i wonder what it tastes like. >> oh my gosh. >> can you imagine, though, smelling of urine? i'll take the crap salad. >> crap, urine, and toilet. >> this is from nebraska. i'll have a special. two drinks for the price of two drinks. it's not what you say but how you say it. and the next photo from
california, do you think they use the chain saws on your hair? how many red flags are in that title? >> look how she's smoking, the girl. she is multitasking. >> seriously. i guess it's a club but i don't know what led me to go there. >> it's a biker joint and i bet they have a lot of fun. >> thank you. still to come, we have got the body type diet. what you should and should not be eating depending on your shape. >> and we will get into the grove when we play who knew. >> plus who will our next contestants be on today's voice. we will find out on today. loans, we're a mortgage company with one very simple philosophy: every client, every time, no exceptions, no excuses. maybe that's why j.d. power and associates ranked us "highest in customer satisfaction in the united states." so, we thought we'd take a little time to celebrate.
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tonight at 5:00 right here on nbc bay area. that means that nbc bay area news will be on at 4:00 p.m. "nbc nightly news" will start at 4:30. don't forget you can also get yo local news on california nonstop, my favorite show with brent cannon at 7:00 p.m. that's on comcast channel 186. esday today's voice and our second round of blind auditions. hoda chose one singer for her team and i still have all three slots open for mine. >> we're going to listen-only to the auditions with our backs turned to the singers. sar sarah? >> so we have got -- what are you doing kathie lee? you haven't been released. this is our second week of three. at the end you have to have a team of three. >> you got to start picking. >> get on it. >> i have to be moved by the
>> you rock. >> gorgeous voice. >> i felt it. you know, sometimes i don't know what it is. but when you feel something in the beginning. i felt it like right here. >> two notes, you had turned. >> come hug me. >> oh dear. >> there is a hug fest going on. >> you were terrific. >> thank you. turn around guys. we're going to bring out tant number two. no visuals. this is the voice, not the see. come on out. okay. this is contestant number two. kathie lee, you have three spaces to fill. >> i know! ♪
>> very nice. >> my name is amanda hall. >> and she is a mommy. how many kids? >> that was beautiful. >> i have four kids. >> this is a mom of four. >> amanda, you rocked it. >> my mom was an under achiever. >> what made you turn around? this is a big deal. >> careful. >> what the heck does that mean? >> i didn't think she was ever
>> go with your bluesy self. >> that was amazing. can you tell us your name? >> kathleen robertson from mississippi. >> i couldn't tell what style you were going after. it's a bluesy quality you have. you are from the south. i think you can learn to have a lot more strength in your singing. i don't know if it is because you are a little nervous. >> i didn't want to crack.
>> show us that this time around. show us what you got in there. >> did every single person get picked today? >> hot tickets today. >> this is another mom of five kids right? >> yes. >> congratulations. >> come on over here guys. now we have got two for both of you. and make sure to tune in next week. we will have more. >> all right. >> we're going to be back to play who knew. i got to get my shoes on. >>here you going? >> who knew? it's simple physics... a body at rest tends to stay at rest... whiley in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function so moving is easier. and celebrex is not a narcotic.
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let's go across the street. >> all right. what was the number one summer song last year? >> california girls. >> you're a hot, hip mother to know that. >> oh yeah. >> that's a hot song. tell us about that one. >> every summer, we track the biggest songs of the summer. last year that was unstoppable. my favorite thing about the song is that katie perry needed to find the perfect rapper for the song. what did she do? she went to wikipedia and searched for west coast rappers and that's where she got snoopp dogg. >> this family is from new orleans. finish the lyric to this summer anthem.
>> i know this song, too. bruce springstien. >> no. >> i don't know. ♪ played it till my fingers bled ♪ >> you're going to like my album so much better. >> bruce? it is brian adams. the thing i love about this song is brian cannot seem to make up his mind about what the song is about. he says it is summer of 69, the nostalgia of being a young boy. and sometimes he says something a little naughtier. i don't want to talk about it.
brian you are a little older now. stop saying that. >> where did you say you were from? >> oklahoma. >> all right. which song was the beach boys first number one single? >> i get around. >> i get around. >> there you go. >> she trusted her hubby. number one. >> first number one song for the beach boys. the thing i love is one of my favorite summer stories is beach boys alms play this big summer concert on the mall in d.c. and james watts decided he was going to ban the beach boys. they represented drugs and he found out that reagan and bush were huge beach boys fans. >> so he let it go? >> that's right.
>> sing the next line in this memorable duet from the movie grease. >> a little help from the audience. you will have to split this with about 100 people. >> she has back up singers but she has it right? >> great summer song. only the fourth biggest hit from the sound track. you have the grease song, hopelessly devoted to you. and the one that i want, of course. >> all right, phil, those were good. thanks for putting us in the mood for summertime. kat's going to come back over here. what would it be like if you did one thing you feared every single day. we will find out right after this. ♪ ♪ hello sunshine, sweet as you can be ♪
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>>el a -- elanor roosevelt said do one thing every day that scares you. >> the new book is called my year with elanor. >> i was just saying this would make an incredible film. to get somebody like a reese witherspoon. explain. you are actually the character in this. tell us about it. what happened. >> basically shortly before my 29th birthday i was laid off from my job during the recession. >> you were a blogger? >> i was. i was a celebrity journalist, entertainment blogger. i kind of ran a website and it was a very constant -- very fast paced. i never had time to stop and look at my life and that is exactly what being laid off does for you. i felt completely lost and
paralyzed with fear. i no longer had a job. what should i be doing. i saw this quote and there was a chalk board and every day they would write a different quote. and once was the do one thing every day that scares you. >> so tell us some of the things that scare you. >> this is quite the list. >> you started writing it dpoow >> and you did it for a year? >> exactly. >> tell us what you did. >> gosh, i tried to, again, have the physical fears in there. shark cage diving, sky diving. >> that almost didn't work out too well. >> exactly. fighter pilot training. >> who doesn't. >> what was the scarriest? all these things seem terrifying to me. >> sand up comedy.
more than everything else combined. it's the number one fear in america. >> did you do well or did you bomb? >> didn't your boyfriend say that was the single greatest thing he had ever seen you do. >> i amazed myself. that was what was incredible. >> after you start doing the things that scare you what did you take away from all of this? >> nothing is ever as bad as you imagine it to be. in fact it's more fun than you could ever imagine and you can handle so much more than you realize. >> uh-huh. >> so it's like the other great quote, we have nothing to fear but fear itself. >> absolutely. >> where is your life now. you lived in the caribbean. >> when i finished the book, i thought what's next. and i thought i have always wanted to live in the caribbean. it had been a dream of mine.
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>> if you have tried everything from low fat to high protein and you haven't reached your goal, maybe you need to look in the mirror at the shape you already have. >> tracy mitchell feels you need to feed your body type. >> thank you so much for having me. >> let's break it down so we can identify. so the four we have, one is the athletic build. >> the athlete is someone that is usually shorter in stature, squarish through the shoulders and tends to gain weight through the upper body, back of the
arms, above the bra line. >> what should they be eating? >> low fat dairy, staying away from red meat and watch the sodium. that is what they tend to gravitate towards. the savory foods. moving over here is the baby face is someone who tends to put weight in their face and equally throughout their entire body. this type should stay away from dairy with the exception of eggs. fruits, vegetables, whole grains and good lean proteins are always good. >> and hummus. >> sit reit is good. >> and next is the apple? >> this is the pear. someone who gains weight through hips and thighs. this person tends to gravitate towards creamier foods and desserts. here we have mild salsas are good. stay away from the heat. that is what will put the weight
on in the hips and thighs. real spicy pepper and salsa. and then fruits, vegetables are good. oats and lean proteins. >> okay. and what is the last one? >> the apple. the person who has long legs but gains in the middle. their metabolism gets turned on by high fat dairy. and sweets. you really need to stay away from that and refined carbohydrates. this type gets turned on by lean meats. proteins turn them on. nuts. whole grains. almond nut butter. >> and some of them lap over one another. this showed up. >> right. low fat down there, we have the athlete that needs to stay away from the high fat dairy but high